WOMAN’S GUILD

The On-Line dictionary describes the term ‘Guild’ as an association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards. Another version describes ‘Guild’ as a society of persons whose main goal is helping one another, forwarding common interests e.g. trade, social welfare, etc.

The PCEA Woman’s Guild is a fellowship whose main mission is to bring together women and girls who are full members of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in giving their lives and their time to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Church. It was formed according to Rom 12:11-13. “not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer, distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality”.

WOMAN’S GUILD HISTORY

The PCEA K/South Guild was started in 1978 under the leadership of PCEA Bahati Woman’s Guild since they were less than 10 members in 1979. Hence they didn’t qualify to have their own branch. More members were commissioned at Bahati and the K/South Guild were given a branch.

The first office bearers were:-

1. Susan Murimi – Chairlady

2. Esther Muya – V/Secretary

3. Martha Wachira – Secretary (Late)

4. Rahab Ndung’u – Vice –Secretary

5. Elizabeth Mwangi – Treasurer

VISION

To be an inclusive Christian Woman Organization that empowers women to transform society.

MISSION

To holistically empower Christian Women enabling them to effectively transform the society through worship, fellowship, networking, partnerships, advocacy, and communication, mobilization of resources, research and training based on Christian values.

MOTTO

“Empowered Christian Women transforming society”

CORE VALUES

  • God fearing and Christian service
  • Christian fellowship
  • Honesty, integrity and accountability
  • Self confidence and continued self development
  • Working together in inclusive, participative and collaborative partnerships
  • Christian compassion and empathy
  • Strong Christian families as the foundation of society

WOMAN’S GUILD ACTIVITIES

Woman’s Guild activities are based on Ministry of Worship, Service and Fellowship. We have been called to:-

a. Be ambassadors of peace

b. Be a good neighbour (Luke 10:25-37)- bind each others wounds

c. Walk in love, unity faith and corporation

d. Be repentant of our sins

e. Walk in obedience

f. Live holy lives

g. Forgive one another

In keeping with being our ‘brother/sister’s keeper, the Woman’s Guild in our Parish visits members who are sick or bereaved as and whenever such cases are reported. We take these opportunities to share and bear with one another, share the word of God and also help with our substance and Acts of Mercy. Tuesday 4 p.m.is the most preferred time to do visits but if the need be or whenever called upon, visits can be arranged to take place any other day. We also share and support our members in times of joy, for example, members weddings and anniversaries as well as celebrate and support members when their children are wedding.

To ‘sharpen the saw’, seminars, rallies, retreats and sports days are organised for members at both Presbyterial and Parish levels. Our members take these opportunities to gain spiritually as well as build friendships which is key in building a healthy body of Christ.

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

Membership is open to girls and women who must be full members of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa who are between 20 and 55 years of age.Those above 55 are free to join as ‘friends of the Woman’s Guild’ but cannot be commissioned.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP

Our group membership has grown numerically and spiritually and currently stands at a total of 331. Out of this number, 253 are ‘Full members’, 46 are awaiting badges and 32 are ‘followers’. We thank the Lord who has continued to call his people into His vineyard.

GUILD PROJECTS

God has been gracious to the K/South Woman’s Guild and have blessed us with a few income-generating projects namely:-

a. 4 rental houses all in Eastlands area

b. Sale of song-books

FUTURE PLANS

Plans are underway to start a Computer Training Project soon. We hope to target our church fraternity in promoting this project for the benefit of the women and for that of the community around us. This is in keeping in line with vision 2030 that ‘everyone should be computer literate and IT compliant’.

CURRENT OFFICE YEAR 2011/2012

Chairlady - Eddah Wangari Mburu

Vice Chairlady - Beth Wanjiku Gathitu

Secretary - Beatrice Wangui Muteru

Vice Secretary - Lucy Wanjiru Chiira

Treasurer - Beatrice Wamuyu Wahome